For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed-a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:  “The righteous will live by faith.”- Romans 1:17

About one month ago I was talking with someone at work.  Many people tend to discuss religious topics with me, which is great, but this one was different.  She said what many us have probably said at some point.  Her words were “I have done a lot of bad things.  I need to clean things up before I come to Christ.”

Does this sound familiar at all?  I know it does for me, but the reality is that cleaning things up without Christ is like eating oreos while trying to brush your teeth.  It just will not work.  There are times where it may seem like it, but in the long run we are just covering up the dirt.  In today’s verse the Apostle Paul writes that the righteousness of God is through faith.  It is our faith in Christ that makes us righteous before God.  It is faith in Christ that will take the dirt away and turn our heart of stone into a heart of flesh.  Let us examine our lives today.  Are we just covering the dirt, or are we allowing the savior of the world to take away the dirt and give us a new start?  Live by faith in Christ!

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